Following their comprehensive victory over India in the final of the Champions Trophy 2017 on Sunday (June 18) at The Oval, Pakistan leapfrogged Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to No. 6 on the International Cricket Council rankings for One-Day International teams.
A number of the men who played leading roles in Pakistan’s glory run gained in the individual rankings too, while the team went a step closer to direct qualification for the 2019 World Cup, something that had looked a bit tricky when they were No. 8 prior to the Champions Trophy. The top seven teams apart from England, the hosts, as on September 30 this year will cement direct berths for the marquee 50-over event, while two more spots will be earned by the toppers and runners-up of a ten-team qualifier, to be held in 2018.
Pakistan gained four points in the latest rankings update on Monday, with their wins over higher-ranked teams – South Africa, Sri Lanka, England and India, in that order – helping them make significant strides.
Despite India, England and Bangladesh having lost a point each, there were no other changes in the placements, with South Africa still on top.
1: South Africa (119 points)
2: Australia (117)
3: India (116)
4: England (113)
5: New Zealand (111)
6: Pakistan (95)
7: Bangladesh (94)
8: Sri Lanka (93)
9: West Indies (77)
10: Afghanistan (54)
11: Zimbabwe (46)
12: Ireland (41)
On the individual front, Hasan Ali, who was named the player of the tournament after finishing with 13 wickets, moved up 12 spots to break into the Top 10 among bowlers, getting to No. 7, while Mohammad Amir gained 16 slots to reach No. 21. Junaid Khan also moved up nine places to get to No. 47.
Among batsmen, Fakhar Zaman’s impactful century in the final and his two whirlwind half-centuries earlier in the tournament helped him break into the top 100 – No. 97, Babar Azam earned three points to get to a career-best No. 5, and both Mohammad Hafeez and Azhar Ali, who scored crucial half-centuries in the final, moved up to No. 20 and No. 31 respectively.
Even though India lost the final, Rohit Sharma, who scored an unbeaten 123 in the semifinal against Bangladesh, gained three points to reach No. 10, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar moved up four places to be joint No. 19 among bowlers with Shakib Al Hasan.
There was good news for Bangladesh as well. Mashrafe Mortaza earned three points to reach No. 15 among bowlers, while Tamim Iqbal, who hit 293 runs in the tournament, moved up to No. 16 in the rankings for batsmen.
The other losing semifinalists, England, had their top four batsmen in the list – Joe Root (No. 4), Alex Hales (No. 17), Eoin Morgan (No. 18) and Jos Buttler (No. 19) – retain their spots.